Historical properties get new lease of life as Carrickfergus restoration project rolls out
Three historic properties in Carrickfergus are the latest in an exciting portfolio of restoration projects being brought back to life thanks to the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI).
The THI is an ambitious £2.4million regeneration scheme for the town’s conservation area, supported by funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and building owners.
The historic buildings in Market Place are being refurbished into five new apartments and two shop fronts are having new, hand crafted traditional signage installed.
The external roller shutters will be removed and original chimneys and sash windows will be reinstated, transforming the appearance in keeping with the area’s rich heritage.
Former Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Cllr Peter Johnston said: “I’m so excited to see yet another successful heritage project rolling out in my hometown of Carrickfergus The area is steeped in history and the THI have worked tirelessly with building owners here to breathe new life into properties, yet sustaining and celebrating the traditional beauty this area boasts.
“Thanks as always to The National Lottery Heritage Fund who have invested significantly into these redevelopments, and many more in the coming months. This latest restoration work shows the true commitment from local owners to retain the Conservation Area aesthetic and my thanks goes to them as well for getting on board. Together we can boost footfall and tourism to the town centres, as well as securing the historical significance of the area for future generations within Carrickfergus, a town which proudly celebrates its past.”
All work is being carried out to the highest conservation quality by Scrabo Property Limited. Director, Mike McNeill said: "We are very grateful for the support received from the Carrickfergus THI without which this scheme simply could not have happened."
Speaking about the repair scheme, Angela Lavin from The National Lottery Heritage Fund added: “We are delighted to see another project progress under the Townscape Heritage Initiative programme.
“This will add another heritage asset to the story of Carrickfergus and it is this local heritage on our doorstep that is most relevant for people and communities to enjoy and celebrate. Once complete, both locals and tourists can enjoy and appreciate the compelling history coming back to life and celebrate the vast heritage of the town.”
Businesses will remain open during the works.